Iran Parliament's Latest Bill Complicates Nuclear Talks
As the latest deadline for negotiations over Iran's nuclear program looms, the country's parliament has put forward a bill that could hinder talks.By Matt Picht | June 21, 2015
Negotiators working on hammering out a deal between Iran and six world powers over the country's nuclear program are running up against another deadline at the end of the month — and Iran's parliament looks like it's about to throw a wrench in the works.
The parliament overwhelmingly approved a draft of a new bill that would restrict the terms of any potential nuclear deal. Among the requirements are a demand that economic sanctions be lifted immediately and a ban on international inspections of Iran's military sites.
Those requirements could be a deal breaker. Western powers have insisted sanctions can only be phased out over time as Iran fulfills its obligations and that access to military sites is an essential part of verifying those obligations.